The Source (La source des femmes)

2011

The Source (La source des femmes)

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The story takes place in current times, in a small village somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East. The women fetch water from a mountaintop spring in the blazing sun. They've done that since the beginning of time. Leila, a young bride, urges the women to launch a love strike: no more cuddling, no more sex until the men run water into the village. -- (C) Cannes

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Critic Reviews for The Source (La source des femmes)

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  • This populist parable draws intriguing battle lines between the sexes, but then forgets what it was supposed to be fighting about.

    May 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

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  • Radu Mihaileanu's update of Lysistrata with overtones of the Arab Spring never settles on a consistent tone; as a result, serious moments lack force and lighter moments feel hollow.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A whimsical tale of women, water and wedlock, with precious little direction, drive or purpose.

    May 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The good intentions are obvious, but a bit more crunch is sorely needed.

    May 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Based on a true story, The Source is a passionate but sometimes heavy-handed argument for gender equality in the Middle East.

    August 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Offers an interesting and beautifully made picture of some important issues surround women's rights in patriarchal societies.

    August 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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